Brian Helmuth

Affiliated Faculty,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor,  Marine and Environmental Sciences
Interdisciplinary with,  School for Public Policy and Urban Affairs



  • 617.373.2059

Research Focus

Ecological forecasting and resilience of coastal environments


  • PhD, University of Washington, 1997

Honors & Awards

  • Google Science Communications Fellow

Research Overview

Ecological forecasting and resilience of coastal environments

Selected Research Projects

  • Bioprospecting for Industrial Enzymes and Drug Lead Compounds in an Ancient Submarine Forest
    Co-Principal Investigator, NOAA Ocean Explorarion
  • Citizen Science, Civics and Resilient Communities: Increasing Resilience through Citizen-Created Data, Local Knowledge and Community Values
    Co-Principal Investigator, NOAA Environmental Literacy
  • Tide Gate Modulation of Wetland Function: Measurements, Models, and Decision Support for Best Practices
    Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

Selected Publications

  • W. Wang, J. Wang, F.M.P. Choi, P. Ding, X. Li, G. Han, M. Ding, M. Guo, X. Huang, W. Duan, Z. Cheng, Z. Chen, S.J. Hawkins, Y. Jiang, B. Helmuth, Y. Dong, Global Warming and Artificial Shorelines Reshape Seashore Biogeography, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 29, 2020, 220-231
  • Cryan, B. Helmuth, S. Scyphers, Ecological Design for Urban Coastal Resilience, In Handbook on the Resilience of Socio-Technical Systems, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
  • A.E. Bates, B. Helmuth, M.T. Burrows, M.I. Duncan, J. Garrabou, T. Guy-Haim, F. Lima, A.M. Queiros, R. Seabra, R. Marsh, J. Belmaker, N. Bensoussan, Y. Dong, A.D. Mazaris, D. Smale, M. Wahl, G. Rilov, Biologists Ignore Ocean Weather at their Peril, Nature, 560, 2018, 299-301
  • X. Zhou, X. Ji, B. Wang, Y. Cheng, Z. Ma, F. Choi, Helmuth, W. Xu, Pido: Predictive Delay Optimization for Intertidal Wireless Sensor Networks, Sensors, 18, 2018, 1464


Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.


Jul 24, 2017

Patterson, Fernandez, & Helmuth Awarded $300K NSF Grant

COS/CEE Professor Mark Patterson, CEE/COS Assistant Professor Loretta Fernandez, and CEE affiliated Professor Brian Helmuth were awarded a $300K NSF grant for "Tide gate modulation of wetland function: decision support through engineering best practices".


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.

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